Arpine Lusène, also called the Black Knight, also called Lucien Arpène in some translations, is a villainous anthropomorphic dog of Donald Duck universe.


This French gentleman-burglar lives on the French Riviera. His primary motivation is not greed. Money he has, and he did not just try to get more. However, it is hungry for glory. If he commits theft, it is to hear about it in the press. This is a crucial element. If journalists do not move, he commits no theft. His biggest break must be the trunk Scrooge McDuck in its entirety but he thwarts his plans every three times. A interwiew he claims not to be the Dark Knight.

Physical Description

It is usually dressed in the French (black beret, green sweater). When in public, he prefers an elegant tuxedo millionaire and a hat very similar to that of Gladstone Gander. The two men also, each in its scale, notorious dandies. Lucien a mustache and has the air age: between forty and fifty years or so. This age results in wrinkles and whitening hair on the temples. This is an anthropomorphic dog.


Generally, he chooses what he will fly and undertakes in advance tracking missions. He used to send a letter to his victim announcing his arrival, he will steal or even the time that will be committed theft. He likes to leave clues behind him, to destabilize its enemies, to enrage or panic. During his reconnaissance flights and, it uses all hardware and sophisticated techniques, such as suction cups to attach to the ceiling, or a mini-saw, to cut the locks. Very flexible and in excellent physical condition, he was spotted when he wants (ie when he wants to enrage his opponent).

This is surely the most dangerous enemies of Scrooge McDuck, both by physical, by the intellect. Fortunately, this is not the most recurrent. Scrooge is the only man to have thwarted his plans twice. As Lucien Arpène considers their meetings as jousting, he was very fair play, and recognizes the talent of Scrooge. As a sign of respect, he sends a letter with a gift: the only picture of the favorite author of Scrooge that he does not already own.

The armor

Scrooge fights against the "Dark Knight" (nickname Lucien Arpène as a thief) are fundamentally related to this armor.

During his first visit in the trunk of Scrooge, Lucien flies a small diamond dust bag, Scottish armor and Dissoutou. In his workshop, he discovered accidentally that it takes for a liquid harmless is actually a universal solvent: a liquid that has the property of dissolving absolutely all subjects, with the exception of the diamond. The criminal mind Lucien Arpène quickly found a profitable way to use this product. It mixes diamond powder with glue and then spread over the armor. It becomes a fantastic defensive weapon, because everything that comes into contact with the armor is found dissolved (balls, acid, of wall, cannonball, car running ...), but it also allows him implements its plans. It can not steal all the gold in the trunk of Scrooge, but it can dissolve ... The important thing is that the money is no longer found in the trunk.

Behind the scenes

Arpète Lucien was created by Keno Don Rosa May 29, 1998 in the Scrooge story against the Black Knight (The Black Knight in the original version). It was never designed by others except in a few illustrations, besides illustrating the stories listed below. Don Rosa should only be used in three stories: Scrooge against the Black Knight, The Return of the Dark Knight and Attack! Only departure from the rule, Warren Spector reused the character in his story DuckTales: Raiders of the lost capital of 25 May 2011.

What the character is Phantom Blot

Lucien Arpène Don Rosa is probably the version of the Phantom Blot, Mickey enemy. Both are of a black suit to perform their dishonest activities, are endowed with great intelligence and are more or less admired by their enemies (Mickey and Scrooge respectively). Moreover, both are anthropomorphic dog fine black mustache and tall.

Don Rosa has often said he did not like much the character of Mickey Mouse, he used only on very few occasions (if the Hidden Mickey exception). It is therefore possible that, without having to use Mickey, it is "appropriate" Ghost by creating its French avatar.


Arpine Lusène is living on the French Riviera. It is inspired by the character of Arsene Lupin, created by Maurice Leblanc.

The character of Arpine Lusène is directly inspired by Arsène Lupin the character created in 1905. As the novelist cousin, Arpine Lusène is a gentleman thief, a thief who steals modestly. Unlike novels Arpine Lusène and the thief they are considered two characters, at least that's what he told the press that he would not hesitate to come to tell him his future wrongdoing. He appoints, and the press, his alter ego "The Dark Knight." We know the face of Arpine Lusène unlike Arsène Lupin is a master of makeup.

  • In the original comics (in English), Lucien occasionally uses words of French ducks (especially Donald) do not understand. The French translators, to preserve the gags arising therefrom, are to speak with Lucien former French words. Sometimes it's the pronunciation that is the problem; thus, money bin (designating the trunk) becomes Mooney bean (which translates into English as "the whimsical bean"). This pun is untranslatable, it was replaced in French by the archaic "arch crowns." Lucien used in the original version still other French expressions, such as "my friend," "hell" and "damn time.
  • When Donald reads one of his letters, he has a French accent. Indeed, Lucien does not use the French accent to speak. He also writes with. This subtlety was not easy to translate into French.
  • For Lucien does not escape again, Scrooge is put naked. We learn later that he can pick a lock with a hairy mustache.
  • When Scrooge sees Lucien in his museum, he starts shaking for several minutes. According to Donald, this is the only enemy of Scrooge that can trigger such reactions. Scrooge also recognize the exceptional nature of this opponent.

French Bibliography

  • Scrooge Magazine no325
  • Treasures of Scrooge No. 6;
  • Scrooge no432 Magazine;
  • Scrooge no340 Magazine;
  • Scrooge no441 Magazine;
  • Treasures of Scrooge # 7;
  • Scrooge no397 Magazine.